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The Harvard Classics.  1909–14.
[1]  THE WORDS of the 1 Preacher, the son of David, king in Jerusalem.
[2]    Vanity of vanities, saith the Preacher; vanity of vanities, all is vanity.
[3]  What profit hath man of all his labor wherein he laboreth under the sun?
[4]  One generation goeth, and another generation cometh; but the earth abideth for ever.
[5]  The sun also ariseth, and the sun goeth down, and hasteth to its place where it ariseth.
[6]  The wind goeth toward the south, and turneth about unto the north; it turneth about continually in its course, and the wind returneth again to its circuits.
[7]  All the rivers 2 run into the sea, yet the sea is not full; unto the place whither the rivers go, thither they go again.
[8]  All 3 things are full of weariness; man cannot utter it: the eye is not satisfied with seeing, nor the ear filled with hearing.
[9]  That which hath been is that which shall be; and that which hath been done is that which shall be done: and there is no new thing under the sun.
[10]  Is there a thing whereof it may be said, See, this is new? it hath been long ago, in the ages which were before us.
[11]  There is no remembrance of the former generations; neither shall there be any remembrance of the latter generations that are to come, among those that shall come after.
[12]    I the Preacher was king over Israel in Jerusalem.
[13]  And I applied my heart to seek and to search out by wisdom concerning all that is done under heaven: it is a sore travail that God hath given to the sons of men to be exercised therewith.
[14]  I have seen all the works that are done under the sun; and, behold, all is vanity and a 4 striving after wind.
[15]  That which is crooked cannot be made straight; and that 5 which is wanting cannot be numbered.
[16]  I communed with mine own heart, saying, Lo, I have gotten me great wisdom above 6 all that were before me in 7 Jerusalem; yea, my heart hath 8 had great experience of wisdom and knowledge.
[17]  And I applied my heart to know wisdom, and to know madness and folly: I perceived that this also was a striving after wind.
[18]  For in much wisdom is much grief; and he that increaseth knowledge increaseth sorrow.
Note 1. Heb. Koheleth. [back]
Note 2. Or, torrents. [back]
Note 3. Or, All words are feeble. [back]
Note 4. Or, a feeding on wind (see Hos. 12. 1) Or, vexation of spirit and so elsewhere. [back]
Note 5. Heb. defect. [back]
Note 6. Or, yea, more than all. [back]
Note 7. Heb. over. [back]
Note 8. Heb. hath seen abundantly. [back]


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